Boston Celtics fans at TD Garden made it clear Tuesday they would like to see Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward in green in the near future, which didn’t exactly sit well with current forward Jae Crowder.
Boston handled the Jazz, 115-104, but Crowder seemed more concerned with the crowd’s reaction to Hayward, per Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe: “I heard the cheering [for Hayward] before the game. I didn’t like that at all. I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me.”
Crowder also took to Twitter after the contest:
HOME TEAM FANS CHEERING FOR THE OPPOSING PLAYERS NOW.. AW MAN OK… SMH BUT GOOD WIN FELLAS ONTO THE NEXT ONE.!!
— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) January 4, 2017
Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com noted Hayward could be a free agent this offseason and pointed to the connection with his former Butler University and current Celtics coach Brad Stevens. The crowd must have liked the idea of Hayward in Boston and responded in kind, and Crowder—who plays a similar perimeter forward role—responded with 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from deep.
Hayward finished with a team-high …